2020-2021 CAIS Partners

Thanks to all our partners for their generous support. To learn more about our partnership program, contact Nancy Dickson.

Principal Conference Partners

 

Chris Brigham

203-786-8310

Updike, Kelly & Spellacy P.C., with four offices throughout the state of Connecticut, represents a wide range of education law clients in a variety of practice areas including Commercial Lending and Banking, Employment, Healthcare, Real Estate, Governance, Taxation, Environmental, and Trust & Estates. We believe in a common sense approach to legal issues and challenges facing our education and business clients. Our firm provides legal and counseling services to independent schools on a variety of matters. Our attorneys have the expertise to help schools navigate internal and external investigations, student discipline issues, employment issues, municipal tax exemption matters, school/parent relationships, board relationships and governance issues, by-law reviews, student, parent and faculty handbook reviews, and vendor, staff and faculty contract preparation and review.

Select Conference Partners

Sean Kenney 617-548-3205 Independent schools engage EarlyBird Power to save money on their energy costs. CAIS selected EarlyBird Power to manage the CAIS Energy Coop, an energy buying group that leverages the volume of 46 participating schools. By aggregating the total load of the group, each school is able to secure the lowest available rates for their electricity and natural gas supply. CAIS member schools also seek EarlyBird's expertise in leveraging rebates for energy efficiency upgrades, sourcing green power, and exploring solar installations on their campuses. Contact EarlyBird Power if you would like a no-cost utility bill audit or to learn more about the CAIS Energy Coop for your school.
  Chris Duble 978-322-7225 Fred C. Church is an insurance broker and risk management adviser specializing in educational institutions - property/casualty insurance broker for the Nutmeg Group.
  Chris Cappello 617-535-6946 New England Retirement Consultants provides fiduciary oversight and investment consulting to school retirement plans & endowments. We are a Federally Registered Investment Advisory firm with no broker-dealer affiliations which means we are obligated by law to work in our client’s best interest. We have tailored education for 403(b) & 457(b) plans to make sure your employees are on-track to retire successfully. Our investment advisory services are client specific and provides fiduciary protection for school management and trustees.  We help schools create effective fiduciary oversight by becoming your investment fiduciary partner. Put New England Retirement Consultants to work for your school; Improving plans for tomorrow is what we do best – we take good plans and transform them into better plans! www.ne-rc.com


Julie Fay 860-251-5000 Shipman & Goodwin's Independent School lawyers use a proactive approach to counsel our more-than-30 independent school clients, including boarding and day schools, Montessori schools, Waldorf schools and religiously affiliated schools. We understand the complex issues and the unique nature of the independent school environment, including all aspects of boarding school communities. We represent independent schools in a wide range of legal issues such as student admissions and discipline, faculty relations,  crisis response and risk management, fund development and charitable giving, mandated reporting, real property tax exemption, corporate governance, finance, environmental land use and a wide variety of litigation and labor issues.

 

2019 - 2020 Sponsors

Thanks to all our conference sponsors for their generous support.
Joseph Cichowski 203-572-0200 X303 Ash Creek Enterprises specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored IT services and solutions for small and medium sized businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations in Stratford, Fairfield County and throughout Connecticut. We are committed to providing each and every one of our clients with high quality service and support. Our unparalleled IT team is incredibly friendly and will help you every step of the way in supporting your organization.
  Jim Guiliano  860-306-7134 Project/Program Management, Owner's Representative Services.
Russell Learned 860-767-0175 Centerbrook Architects has designed learning and social environments tailored for 49 independent schools. Our goal is to discover each school's distinctions and make comfortable places for all kinds of individuals. Schools tell us our collaborative methods help them define goals, set priorities, and articulate visions that reflect their characters and support their missions.
Paul Ballasy 959-200-7000 CohnReznick LLP is a leading accounting, tax and advisory firm serving the specific needs of independent schools throughout the Northeast. Because of our year-round focus, our professionals advise our clients with the insight gained from maintaining an in-depth understanding of the independent school environment. In addition to high quality assurance and tax services, we regularly advise on such matters as risk management, best practices, benchmarking and process improvement.  

Jeff Gustfeld 860-395-0055 X187 Owner's Project Management and Commissioning Services to help guide and assist schools through the planning, design, and construction aspects of capital building projects.
Bryan Dodge 860-741-9850

Construction Management Services.

Cara Hart 860-524-4021 The CREC Cooperative Purchasing MarketPlace offers over 65 competitively bid contracts in one easy-to-use online shopping program. Our goal is to help schools save money and time. Compare products and pricing, and place single orders from multiple vendors. Save on everything from school supplies to copiers, athletics to furniture, custodial to lighting, and much more. Learn how easy it is to access the MarketPlace and start saving today!

Rob DiMartino 860-289-3507 Independent schools choose Finalsite's marketing and communications platform for its award-winning design, best-in-class software, and seamless integration with 70+ third-party data providers, including Blackbaud’s ON and NXT products. We provide software solutions for attracting and retaining students; engaging alumni and donors; simplifying school-to-home communications; and managing the complex requirements around data privacy, accessibility, hosting and security. With offices in Glastonbury, CT and London, Finalsite is the leading provider for over 2,200 schools in 80+ countries, with a team of professionals who care deeply about their work and who value a lasting partnership.
Robert Labanara 860-368-5100 Gilbane Building Company is a leading construction management firm in Connecticut since 1944.  Gilbane oversees renovation, system upgrade, and new construction projects for private, independent K-12 schools across the State - on projects of all size and scope.  Gilbane leads the industry in collaborative work during preconstruction with design teams to ensure the construction phase exceeds budget, schedule and quality goals.

Susan Rappaport 347-724-3682

IBS Direct serves primary and secondary educational institutions along the northeast corridor. We understand the unique concerns administrators face when choosing a cleaning service and we work closely with our clients to create responsive service plans and protocols.

IBS Direct’s comprehensive commercial cleaning and facility maintenance services give our clients the benefit of being able to address all of their needs in a single call. Our cleaning crews receive specialized training for their areas of responsibility and any equipment they use, so clients can rest assured that every task is completed by professionals with appropriate expertise as well as all required certifications. In addition, we know that emergencies can happen at any time, so IBS Direct’s Emergency Services Team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to any crisis.

If there’s something you need that you don’t see here, just ask us!

We provide:

  • Ceiling to floor electrostatic spray disinfection which helps to eliminate error during the manual disinfection process.
    • General Janitorial • Exterior Services • Specialized Cleaning • Sustainability Services • Office Products • Staffing Services • Emergency Services

 

Michael LeBlanc 203-852-8800 Founded in 1993, LeBlanc Communications Group provides telecommunications infrastructure, including both hosted phone service and closet based systems, for independent schools, non-profits and corporations in Connecticut. We also partner with over 250 carriers (including Zoom video conferencing) and have access to the most competitive fiber internet in the area.  We also work closely with school IT staff to fully manage these systems and the carriers. We often provide switching and wireless infrastructure, fiber between buildings or wireless on rooftops as needed to connect remote locations. Our focus is on simplicity, redundancy and cost savings, which is often significant! We offer at least a 15% discount for CAIS member schools.

Chris Cappello, AIF 617-535-6946 X333

We provide fiduciary oversight and investment consulting to school retirement plans & endowments. We are a Federally Registered Investment Advisory firm with no broker-dealer affiliations which means we are obligated by law to work in our client’s best interest.

We have tailored education for 403(b) & 457(b) plans to make sure your employees are on-track to retire successfully. Our investment advisory services are client specific and provides fiduciary protection for school management and trustees.  We help schools create effective fiduciary oversight by becoming your investment fiduciary partner.

Put New England Retirement Consultants to work for your school; Improving plans for tomorrow is what we do best – we take good plans and transform them into better plans! www.ne-rc.com

 

Jerry Joseph 412-901-9271

P&D is not your typical school software and website design company.  Our “High Tech, High Touch Services” means that we maintain almost daily contact with the schools we work with so that managing data from birth to bequest is an ongoing collaboration. This solution–a combination of our software and our services–has been in development since 2008 and is now comprised of over 15 totally integrated apps with customizable components, mobile flexibility and seamless integration with a school’s website, as well as the likes of SchoolMessenger, DiamondMind, Google and more.

Rich Bartlett  860-409-7520 X107 The Schuster Group, headquartered in Connecticut and with offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, strives to forge long term relationships with its independent school clients, by upholding industry standards of excellence in the areas of Employee Benefits, Risk Management, HR & Compliance support and consulting and Retirement Plan fiduciary and educational services.  This is done by implementing innovative strategies and developing proprietary, school-specific programs that represent both financial savvy and innovative plan offerings that support our school clients and their faculty and staff
Kara Gruss 860-547-1970

Founded in 1970 by Tai Soo Kim, TSKP STUDIO has collectively evolved into a collaborative partnership of architects mutually committed to excellence in educational design and the services of architecture, interiors and planning. Our portfolio continues to build upon the exceptional body of work completed throughout the past five decades. Clients respect our work for its elegance and thoughtfulness.TSKP STUDIO – Drawing inspiration from nature and expression from the arts to create contextual balance within the built environment.